After two months of being closed off as part of the Covid-19 lock-down measures, Pattaya’s beaches are once again open for everyone to enjoy. The beaches, in the normally swarmed tourist hotspot, reopened yesterday, with local officials hailing the day as a “success”, albeit a quiet one initially.
The Pattaya News reports that some confusion was caused by signs that had been left up stating the beaches were closed, but it’s understood authorities are removing them all as fast as they can. However, beach chair and umbrella vendors have still not received the necessary approval to resume business, with officials again saying that too is coming this week. All beach vendors will need to comply with agreed hygiene and social distancing arrangements.
While both Pattaya and Jomtien beaches were quiet yesterday morning, they got busier as the afternoon wore on and the heat of the sun was relieved by overcast conditions. Pattaya City Police say most people observed the social distancing requirements, but they cautioned beach-goers against holding any parties or alcohol-based gatherings, adding that the wearing of masks is still obligatory.
Officials will continue to monitor the situation as beach vendors set up shop once more and the (much hoped for) domestic tourists arrive.
SOURCE: The Pattaya News
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